We discuss Derek Jeter, excuse me, the All-Star game controversy sparked by Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright concerning Derek Jeter's first at-bat.

[0:00:03] ... as we sit here today and everybody's been talking about that that Derek Jeter love fest last night. The irony is we spent a lot of yesterday show and and I said he's a lock first ...
[0:03:48] ... So it all that gives to the I think the entertainment side. Adam Wainwright took over last night -- Derek Jeter in the sentimental side there's no question. And then that he was competing. And trying to get guys out and he could. ...
[0:04:39] ... came on the interviewed and you win. Embarrassment if he had devalued Derek Jeter's play by fiat group and the last one. Because as much as in anticipation I was not looking forward to their -- ...
[0:06:47] ... game and I think that that's OK I mean that at this. Adam Wainwright group. And 21 of -- great crimes against baseball I think it's criminal. Well first all went getting ninety mile an hour ...






We tackle four topics all sparked by the Derek Jeter and Adam Wainright supposed 'grooved' pitch in the All-Star game.
We tackle four topics all sparked by the Derek Jeter and Adam Wainright supposed 'grooved' pitch in the All-Star game.

[0:00:51] ... we're going to that. Now since Adam Wainwright glue that -- to Derek Jeter in the first inning we're gonna start right there do you have a problem. With the grooved a pitch in an all star game. Who won the last two. -- towards a quarter. Racing around worse beating -- this second and he's got a double. I feel like that it's sweet digs it out of the corner. I'll go first I had no issues I don't have any issues now I didn't have any issues that I don't care what if you would Derek Keys. Well as Derek Jeter said after the game he was asked about it they set -- got to hit it. Public view I have no problem -- -- -- Michael let them stand up there with a bad my hands you you come down Broadway avenue tickets if you do it on purpose thanks a lot. Well my only problem with that is that Derek Jeter didn't hit a home run outside all the data pointed -- you really do it. -- -- this and make it real dramatic but it was great I think people wanted to see it. The only mistake. Adam Wainwright made is just mentioning it and no I'm not in charge of big mistake he mentioned it to stick with that don't back away from. But I think. If you're at that game and you're watching -- TV you wanted to hear hear most wanted Derek Jeter to get hit and got the result that you were looking for. No problems. -- -- we are Michael this time. It ...
[0:05:52] ... career without that injury would you think you would have to -- Willis McGahee yes electric great call you're like god I like got a lot because. If we talked about this before and we we ...
[0:09:30] ... they did not -- knowledge the untimely in recent deaths of both Don Zimmer and Tony Gwynn. I I noticed where are our buddy Bob -- just tweeted out about it a few minutes ago as well. Most people ...
[0:10:52] ... game one of the World Series there's some sort of tribute to Don Zimmer and Tony Gwynn. And and others who Major League Baseball may have lost over the last years while -- -- you -- But yeah I ...






On Wednesday’€™s edition of Three For All, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz listed both their favorite and most disliked sideline reporters in the sporting world right now. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Benz listed Fox’€™ Erin Andrews, CBS’€™ Allie LaForce and the NFL Network’€™s Jenn Brown as his three favorites, while Merloni went with CNN en Espanol’€™s Ines Sainz, CNN’€™s Rachel Nichols and ESPN’€™s Suzy Kolber as his three picks.

Fauria picked ESPN’€™s Michelle Beadle, Fox Sports 1′€™s Charissa Thompson and CBS Sports’€™ Tracy Wolfson as his three preferred sideline reporters.

“€œHow about Veronica Corningstone?’€ Merloni said, referencing Christina Applegate‘€™s character from the 2004 film, “€œAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

“I’€™m a huge fan of Christina Applegate,”€ Fauria responded.

When it came to picking their most disliked reporter, Benz picked ESPN’€™s Josina Anderson.

“They put her in so many different positions where she just can’€™t win,”€ Fauria said.

Merloni opted to go with Andrews.

“[She'€™s] Just trying to go off-script and just sort of ad-lib a little bit too much and just not getting it done,” €Merloni said.

Fauria picked MLB Network’€™s Kristina Akra, a former Patriots.com employee, as his most disliked sideline reporter.

“€œShe used to drive me nuts, just in general,” Fauria said. “Maybe it’€™s an air of entitlement, I guess, and taking her job way too seriously. Not that there’€™s anything wrong with that, but all you’€™re doing is saying, ‘€˜The score is 21-20,’€™ and then big-timing everybody.”

After finishing their listing, Benz made a point to say that he is upset with the role of sideline reporters in general.

“œMy gripe is way more with the use of sideline reporters — male or female –€“ at all than it is women in sports journalism,” Benz said.

“Don’€™t you want to know who got hurt and if they’€™re going to get back into the game? Isn’t that important to you? Don’€™t you want to know what the coach is thinking as they’€™re exiting the field? It’€™s very important,”€ Fauria asked.

“€œThat’€™s part of the problem,”€ Benz added. “You’€™ll hear Joe Buck and Troy Aikman say, ‘€˜We just heard from the sideline,’€™ without going to the sideline reporter! That’€™s what they’€™re there for, right?”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Erin Andrews was promoted on Fox Sports, which lead to a discussion of who our favorite sideline reporters are.

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[0:07:06] ... this list -- notes there I didn't related Doris Burke here's your college basketball. College MBA MBA yeah she does it all. Amaechi is she is outstanding courses prior yes just -- the ball -- to ...
[0:08:23] ... no 1 o'clock hour also some off follow up news of the LeBron James controversy is already reaching the Kevin Durant. The Celtics involved. -- -- -- -- ...






Titus Young

Titus Young

The troubled personal life of Titus Young continues to get worse.

The former Lions receiver was arrested once again last week for battery with serious bodily injury and is in custody in a Los Angeles correctional facility. Young also faces four misdemeanor counts of battery of school, park or hospital property.

Young’s July 9 arrest came one day before he was set to make a pretrial hearing in Newport Beach, California, where he is facing four felonies and seven other criminal charges.

Young, 24, has reportedly been receiving treatment. His father, Richard, has said Young has a mental disorder.

Young was a second-round draft pick by the Lions out of Boise State in 2011. He caught 48 passes for 607 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. He was cut in 2013 after clashes with his coaches during his second season.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Buster Olney joined the show to talk about yesterday's All-Star Game and he thinks people are placing too much importance on the result, and that it should go back to being strictly for fun. Also, as the Red Sox enter the second half of the season, they should focus on winning games and not think about being buyers or sellers.

[0:00:14] ... take him what is your assessment about what happened last night with Adam Wainwright and group appears to Derek -- start the game. And I felt bad for a first of Adam Wainwright is one of the really great people on the sport he's on it -- -- it. I needed to what he originally ...
[0:01:13] ... Mike Messina. That would them to gather all star game cal Ripken Chan Ho Park. You know he could make an argument -- that the pitchers group to -- there. It happens a lot more than maybe ...
[0:03:35] ... that it did anything more than an exhibition. And that -- like Adam Wainwright who was essentially trying to keep up Derek Jeter. -- -- doesn't have to backtrack. Are talking a -- only buster so dirtier got on her a lot and his name was spoken a lot. Last night. But two guys that there were not mentioned where Don Zimmer and Tony could win. Both guys who are not with this anymore do you think Major League Baseball miss an opportunity to ...
[0:11:00] ... did just that you see him ending up anywhere -- is this AJ Pierzynski Alfonso Soriano sort of just going off into the sunset. Yeah I think so -- -- you know Enrique Soriano. I know ...






Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty Tuesday of assaulting a female and communicating threats.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months’ probation by Mecklenburg County Judge Rebecca Thorn-Tin after hearing nearly 11 hours of testimony. A 60-day jail sentence was suspended.

Chris Fialko, Hardy’s attorney, said he’ll appeal the ruling and Hardy has asked for a jury trial in superior court, putting the terms of the probation on hold. Hardy can travel with the team to training camp and compete in games.

“We have just learned of the verdict and are respectful of the process. We do not have a comment at this time,” the Panthers said in a statement.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

The Bulls used the amnesty clause Tuesday to cut forward Carlos Boozer after four seasons with the team.

Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer

Chicago also waived forward Lou Amundson and guards Ronnie Brewer and Mike James as the Bulls try to clear salary-cap space for the signing of Pau Gasol and 2011 draft pick Nikola Mirotic.

Boozer went to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal with the Jazz in July 2010. He averaged 15.5 points and nine rebounds in 280 games with the Bulls.

Boozer had one year left on a five-year deal worth around $75 million. The amnesty clause allows the Bulls to release a player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap. Boozer is still owed the money, however.

“Carlos epitomized professionalism in everything he did for the Bulls both on the court, and in the community, during his time here in Chicago,” general manager Gar Forman said in a release. “Over the last four seasons, Carlos’ productivity helped elevate our team to another level. I have nothing but respect for Carlos, and certainly wish him the best as he moves forward.”

– Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke Tuesday for the first time since LeBron James decided to leave Miami to rejoin the Cavaliers. Although he said he was surprised by James’ decision, Spoelstra showed no animosity toward the superstar.

“He seemed at peace with the decision,” Spoelstra told reporters after the Heat’s summer league game in Las Vegas. “We don’t have any regrets. He shouldn’t have any regrets. It was a historic four-year run.”

Spoelstra won two titles with James during a four-year run that included four-straight NBA Finals appearances.

– At least the Heat will have two-thirds of their “Big Three” back next season.

Less than a week after James’ decision and Chris Bosh returned to Miami, Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal with the Heat on Tuesday designed to give Wade and the team some flexibility in the coming years. 

The second of the two seasons on Wade’s contract is a player option, according to The Associated Press.

Financial terms were not announced, though it’s expected Wade’s 2014-15 salary will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made on his previous deal.

“I am proud to have spent every single day of my career as a member of the Miami Heat and to have brought three championship titles to this great city,” Wade said in a statement. “I’ve been here through the good times and the hard times. I have confidence in the Miami Heat organization and the team they are building.”

Lance Stephenson signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets, according to ESPN.com.

The contract, which was signed early Wednesday morning after a meeting in Las Vegas between the team and Stephenson’s representatives Tuesday night, includes a team option for the final season, according to ESPN.

Mike Miller agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Cavaliers, according to the AP. Miller re-unites with James after playing with him in Miami for three seasons.

Miller, 34, shot 46 percent on 3-pointers and averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with the Grizzlies last season.

– The Warriors could be back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes.

According to the AP, the Timberwolves have reopened trade discussions with Golden State for the disgruntled All-Star forward. Minnesota president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking with Warriors general manager Bob Myers in Las Vegas on Sunday.

One of the key cogs in the deal is Klay Thompson, who the Warriors have been reluctant to give up. Reports indicate that Golden State’s stance on Thompson hasn’t changed.

Carmelo Anthony appears to have taken a discount to return to New York.

According to ESPN New York, Anthony’s new five-year contract with the Knicks is worth $124 million, $5 million less than the maximum.

The deal reportedly also includes a no-trade clause and has an early termination option after the fourth year.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Adam Wainwright admitted (and then recanted) to throwing a few meatballs Derek Jeter's way in his last ASG appearance. MFB also discuss the home-field advantage gained from winning the ASG.